actuallyadverbuk /ˈæk.tʃu.ə.li/ us /ˈæk.tʃu.ə.li/
actually adverb (IN FACT)
- There seems to be some confusion over who is actually giving the talk.
- I didn't actually want any more dessert, but Julia forced it on me .
- I looked through the window, but I didn't actually go in.
- They suspected that she'd killed him but they could never actually prove that it was her.
- It's unclear what actually happened that night.
actually adverb (SURPRISE)
- It really gets me the way we're expected to actually laugh at his pathetic jokes!
- You actually like modern jazz, do you? Each to their own.
- I didn't actually want any more dessert, but Julia forced it on me.
- Peter might look a bit fierce, but actually he's fairly harmless.
- She appears to actually like the man, which I find incredible.
actually adverb (SAYING NO)
- I wouldn't mind something to eat, actually.
- I'd like a cup of coffee, please - actually, on second thoughts, I'll have a beer.
- "Did your American friends enjoy their stay?" "Yes. Actually, they're Canadian."
- "Mark's coming today to look at the books." "Actually, it's tomorrow."
- "You must be exhausted after that long journey." "Actually, I feel fine."